Street Scene (1931)

A husband’s violent reaction becomes the talk of the neighborhood when he catches his cheating wife in the act.

I noticed this film was on Prime and decided to watch it. Also the premise sounded interesting. This film marked the film debut of Beulah Bondi.

This film is a bit of a curio as although it’s 89 years old it feels like it’s dealing with a very modern story. A timeless story. It has stage origins and yet the acting feelings very naturalistic.

While it shows how a community can join together and be connected by their strengths it also shows that these positive relationships can have their dark side too.

While I’m glad I watched this film I don’t think I’d rewatch it. I think it’s clever that the staginess of the story was used to its full advantage as all of the action takes place in front of a working class apartment block.

This film was Pre-Code so it deals with raw issues rather than trying to hide the true story behind well meaning moralising. These people are as they are and don’t always go walking off into the sunshine at the end. It also relies on stereotype and yet does this unapologetically.

I’d recommend you watch this film as a historical curio.

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****

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